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Going through a nude phase

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Abstract nude by Claire Shotter

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“Waiting for a train” by Claire Shotter.

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“In hindsight” by Claire Shotter

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“More fish please” by Claire Shotter

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“Lost in Catterick” by Claire Shotter

 

Meet the family

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As extra Christmas presents this year, I painted some portraits:

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My daughter Harry, who dressed up as Harley Quinn on Halloween for her job as a pole and hoop fitness instructor.

 

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One of the things I love about having kids is that, no matter what we’re doing, we always have fun. This is me and my daughter sat in a sand pit with a coffee at Brymor Ice Cream Parlour in Wensleydale. The little redhead at my feet is my eldest grandchild, Dylan.

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Claire Shotter on eBay UK

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It’s our 30th wedding anniversary today. We celebrated it at the Cattlemen’s Association in Harrogate with a couple of T-bones that looked as though they should be in The Flintstones.

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Dirty Palettes

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Great sadness arrived in a box from my artists materials suppliers the other day: New palettes. For the past 6 years, I’ve been trading under the username “dirty_palettes” on eBay because, in all that time, I have never once cleaned them. But, dog hairs embedded in the thick layers upon layers of dried paint around their edges and a fair share of dust had begun to hinder my progress. As I can’t bring myself to throw them away, the palettes are to be hung on my studio wall, complete with dried paint, dog hair and dust, as a very happy memory.

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Poppies Cafe Tea Rooms

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I’ve worked so hard all through June, completing 24 paintings, that I’ve decided to treat myself to a day off tomorrow and take my book out to lunch at Poppies Cafe, http://www.ripon.co.uk/poppies/ , where I’m known as “Coleslaw Lady”. I love going to Poppies. They have table service. Everyone deserves to be waited on right? Their staff are friendly and welcoming and make my sandwiches to my own specifications. All sandwich connoisseurs will understand why this is important. I myself like prawn mayonnaise on brown bread with no butter. I hate butter. Their coffee, which I like black and bitter, is strong enough to kick my weary backside into gear for the long walk home and their coleslaw, well, it’s just simply the best in Ripon. Sometimes I order three portions of it. Hence the nickname. Contrary to what my husband and kids think, coleslaw is a big deal. It has to be freshly made. None of that tub rubbish that has a weird texture and a frighteningly long shelf life. It shouldn’t have mustard seeds in. Mustard seeds are pants. It should be mixed with plenty of mayonnaise but not be swimming in it. It should be tangy but not screw-your-face-up tangy. Coleslaw is a big deal.

On to the fruits of my labour. I can’t put photos of all the paintings on tonight as there have been so many since my last blog that I’d still be at the computer when the sun came up.

Here we go:

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My thoughtful son often leaves little messages for me on my laptop:

004Well, it’s not as if I want to be remembered for my contribution to housework is it. (I predict my husband will say “just as well” when he reads this tomorrow morning).

Here’s what I’ve been busy doing instead:

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